*Funds transferred to Rivers Drish and Allow/Dalua €7,548. Funds decommitted €811.
Funds were allocated to construct a fish pass at the Coan and metal bridge on the River Dinan (Trib of Nore) and river bank protection works. Large boulders were placed in the river bed to narrow the approach channel. Rocks were also used to pond water thereby eliminating steps on the bridge apron. Fish are clearly ascending the bridges and are not subject to the major delays as was the case previously. Rocks were placed in the river downstream of the bridges to increase river bank protection and eliminate river bank erosion thus protecting the salmon spawning areas from becoming silted. Reports have shown evidence that salmon were passing up the River Dinan as a result of the works to date.
It was intended that together with Kilkenny County Council a more permanent solution could be found for fish passage at the Metal Bridge unfortunately due to severe flooding during 2008, the Metal Bridge itself is being examined and any further works will be based on consultations with Kilkenny County Council. It is likely that the entire bridge will have to be replaced.